Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Boss Stuff on the Interwebs: Wednesday Links 29/06/11

  • I've yet to meet anyone with good taste who dislikes Buddy Holly. Hell, I've yet to meet anyone with hearing who dislikes Buddy Holly. Bearly Rambling looks at the new cover album that features Florence + The Machine, The Black Keys, Paul McCartney, Julian Caseblancas, Modest Mouse, Fiona Apple, Lou Reed, and on and on...
  • Guerolitomusic has the teaser for the second album from The Drums' portmento. It is all synth, no surf, and that's probably good since the old schtick feels tired, no?
  • Music for Ants has put together their second summer mix! Find The Naked and the Famous, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, TV on the Radio, Generationals, and more stuff like that.
  • Little Reviews has nothing bad to say about Centro-Matic's Candidate Waltz. Nobody does, it seems. (francais)
  • According to Lindsey at What's Protocol, Dallas Green "has a voice that resonates inside... like a shot of Jameson whiskey". 
  • And since eye-rolling is my cardio: James Franco (yes, the actor) is going to be releasing a dance EP and is now in a music video with Kalup Linzy. Because being a pretentious hipster twit isn't a personality; it's a lifestyle. See Stereogum for more.

Today's Swell Tune: Up Past the Nursery

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm Sorry I Was Gone; Allow Me to Give You a Boner

There are a multitude of reasons that someone might take a break from writing their amateur, low-to-medium traffic music blog. Some are good, some less so, but none of them are laziness.

Initially, mine was a few of life's shittiest scenarios occurring in very rapid succession. Sort of a one-two(-three) combination that k.o.'d me, if only temporarily. For at least a little while it left me utterly uninspired to pay attention to anything as simple and pleasant as an amateur, low-to-medium-traffic music blog. These things do happen.

Soon afterward, it became a more typical case of everything that is adult in life consuming my waking hours and using up the best of my mental faculties.  For at least a little while it left me utterly unable to donate any attention to something as recreational and unpaid as an amateur, low-to-medium-traffic music blog. These things happen, too.

Finally, I found myself caught up in some folly with no function beyond its bizarre culmination in a lost weekend in Montreal. But, for at least a little while, it did lure my attention from anything as personal and enjoyable as an amateur low-to-medium-traffic music blog. For the record, it's only this last one I'm sorry for.

These last three weeks, however, my distractions have been more of the "putting-food*-in-my-stomach-and-a-roof-over-my-head" variety.  You see, as an indirect result of all of the above, and in my typical "because-I-suddenly-thought-of-it" fashion, I've moved from Moscow to Toronto and have had to acclimatize myself.  The natives are very friendly and rarely bite, and my new flat is situated amid lots of good venues in the centre of Canada's largest city. And this should be nothing but beneficial to any amateur, low-to-medium-traffic music blog. You can expect more about live shows, better access to musicians, and photos not culled from flickr. Other than that, I hope to get everything back to normal around here. 

All the e-mails and messages regarding my absence were greatly appreciated. Thanks for sticking around. I owe you one.  

And in that vein, I think you should watch Slow from Twin Shadow. It's not new in the slightest, but I saw him live a couple weeks ago and he had so much raw charisma that pretty much everyone in the joint had a hard on. At least musically speaking. So this should make things up, a bit:

*alcohol and other ingestible substances of questionable moral integrity.

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